Vikings place Percy Harvin on IR

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Vikings place Percy Harvin on IR

While the Bears have been dealing with a string of injuries in recent weeks, their opponent on Sunday just suffered a major blow. According to the Minnesota Vikings official Twitter account, wide receiver Percy Harvin has been placed on the IR with a torn ligament in his ankle.

In nine games in 2012, the former Florida Gator caught 62 passes for 677 yards with three touchdowns. Harvin also tallied one rushing score and a kickoff return touchdown.

Since Harvin came into the league in 2009, the Bears have had trouble stopping him. In six career games, he's accumulated 470 yards and three touchdowns, while also adding a rushing score.

Harvin had held been holding out for a contract extension in the offseason and his recent injury may complicate those talks going into the 2013 season.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Winter meetings trades for Cubs and White Sox

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Winter meetings trades for Cubs and White Sox

Hub Arkush (Pro Football Weekly/670 The Score) and David Schuster (670 The Score) joined David Kaplan on the SportsTalk Live panel for Thursday's show.

Baseball’s winter meetings are over. Could Rick Hahn have done more this week? Plus which closer will have a better season- current Cubs closer Wade Davis or former Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman?

How much upheaval will there be on the Bears’ coaching staff this offseason? Plus are the Bulls in slump or are we finally seeing the real team show up?

Listen to this episode of the SportsTalk Live podcast here:

Report: Dexter Fowler closing in on deal with Cardinals

Report: Dexter Fowler closing in on deal with Cardinals

Dexter Fowler won't be making a surprise return to the Cubs next season.

Fowler is closing in on a deal to sign with the St. Louis Cardinals, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale.

The Cubs signed outfielder Jon Jay last week to a one-year deal, pretty much sealing Fowler's future with the Cubs.

In two seasons in Chicago, Fowler batted .261/.367/.427 with 30 home runs and 94 RBI, and a World Series ring.